Dedicated To Protecting Your Best Interests

The Pellegrino Law Firm, P.C., is a general practice firm located just outside of downtown New Haven in a beautiful yellow brick Victorian house on the corner of Whitney Avenue and Willow Street. Founded by the late Bernard Pellegrino in 1929, over 80 years later its nine attorneys enjoy an excellent reputation of providing quality legal services to clients throughout Connecticut.

It is our personal touch as we guide our clients through whatever their legal issue may be that makes us stand out from other firms. We build lasting relationships with our clients because our diverse practice allows us to provide most of the legal services our clients will ever need throughout their lifetime. Our lawyers have served three and four generations of many families providing us with the Pellegrino Law Firm's motto "Law Firm For Life."

Our attorneys have substantial experience in many areas of practice, including personal injury; real estate; land use, zoning and environmental law; civil, commercial and appellate litigation; wills, trusts and probate; business and tax law; and education and school law, as well as family law issues.

We focus on building lasting relationships with our clients. People who come in for a divorce, for example, may realize they need to update their will or sell a piece of property. We are able to take care of all of those legal needs.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Business representation and services: From business formation or the purchase or sale of a business to contracts and transactions to the ongoing administration of a business or nonprofit organization, our attorneys will advise or represent you. We help clients resolve businesses in ownership¬† disputes through our "corporate divorce" services and protect clients' interests in commercial litigation and arbitration.
  • Divorce and family law: Including the dissolution of a marriage or domestic partnership and representation in child custody disputes, post-judgment modifications, enforcement of divorce orders, and mediation.
  • Real estate: We represent clients in both commercial and residential real estate transactions and other property-related issues, from residential and commercial closings to real estate tax disputes to foreclosures and condemnation.
  • Land use, zoning and environmental concerns: Including land use and development permitting as well as zoning and administrative appeals, construction law and green building concerns.
  • Municipal law representation: Municipalities, planning and zoning boards, and other governmental entities throughout the region rely on us to handle complex legal issues.
  • Estate planning and tax services: From wills and trusts to asset protection, probate, administration and elder law. We even provide estate planning for pets.
  • Education and school issues: We represent students and parents in disputes over disciplinary issues and protect the rights of students with special needs.
  • Personal bodily injury: We pursue financial compensation for people who suffered a personal injury through the negligence of others in cases involving medical negligence and malpractice; auto, motorcycle and truck accidents; traumatic brain and head injury; spinal cord injuries; and other back or neck injuries and trauma.
  • Criminal defense of misdemeanors: Including traffic violations, drunk driving, theft and destruction of property
  • Criminal and civil litigation: Individuals and businesses rely on our attorneys for representation in civil, criminal, commercial and appellate litigation.

Call today at 203-787-2225 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Stephen R. Bellis

Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut, 1984
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education:

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia - 1984
    • Honors: Graduation Speaker Class of 1984
    • Law Review: Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law Review
  • Boston University
    • B.A. - 1981
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Shelton Builders Association, Inc., Counsel
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • New Haven Lawyer Referral Service, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Shelton Republican Town Committee
  • Charter Revision Commission, Redistricting Committee
  • Redistricting Committee for State Representatives and Senators
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • New Haven Bar Association, Board of Directors

Attorney Frances B. Granquist

Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, 1988

Education:

  • Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia
    • Juris Doctor
  • Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
    • Bachelor of Science
    • Major: Accounting

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member
  • Board of Directors - Albertus Magnus College
  • Hamden Chamber of Commerce, Past President
  • Women in Business Organization, Member
  • New Haven Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • Women in Business Scholarship Committee, Member
  • Sacred Heart Academy, Advisory Board

Attorney Bernard Pellegrino

Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Connecticut

Education:

  • Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. cum laude - 1988
  • University of Notre Dame
    • B.A. - 1985

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Sports and Entertainment Law Section, Founder
  • Sports Lawyers Association, Member
  • ABA's Forum, Sports and Entertainment Industries, Member
  • Sports and Entertainment Industries, Member
  • Home Builders Association of Greater New Haven, Former Counsel
  • Home Builders Association of Greater New Haven, Member
  • USGBC, Leadership in Energy and Environmental and Design, Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Member

Attorney Bernard A. Pellegrino

Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut, 1961

Education:

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
  • University of Notre Dame

Attorney Michael D. Saffer

Bar Admissions:

  • Massachusetts, 1965
  • Connecticut, 1972
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Education:

  • Leeds University School of Law, Leeds, England
    • LL.M.
  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • LL.M. in Taxation
  • New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. cum laude
  • Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • B.S. in Economics

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Connecticut Bar Association - Tax Section
  • Former Chairman Young Lawyers Tax Session
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

Attorney Gayle A. Sims

Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut, 1988

Education:

  • University of Bridgeport School of Law, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Fairfield University

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Chairperson
  • Visiting Nurses Association, Chairperson
  • North Haven PTA and PTFA, Member
  • New Haven County Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family and Real Estate Law Sections, Member

Attorney Kevin W. Smith

Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1981
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984

Education:

  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1980
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
    • B.S. cum laude - 1977
    • Major: Criminology

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • New Haven County Bar Association, Member
  • New Haven County Bar Association, Executive Committee, 1992 - 2002

Attorney Brian M. Stone

Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut, 1976
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit

Education:

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
    • Honors: Honors
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    • B.S. cum laude - 1973
    • Major: Chemical Engineering

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Orange Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors
  • CT Bar Association

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